Read, Observe, Apply, and Discover with Rathus's text! The hands-on approach of Spencer A. Rathus's chronologically organized CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE: VOYAGES IN DEVELOPMENT, Second Edition augments your goal of helping students understand the link between developmental theories and research and their application to everyday life. By utilizing the proven PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Review, Recite) pedagogical approach and interspersing personal and humorous stories, Rathus makes reading and studying an enjoyable process of discovery. As students proceed through each chapter, they can observe the principles of development in action by viewing video footage of children at play and in experimental situations as found on the "Observing Children and Adolescents" CD-ROM (included with Rathus' text). Screen grabs from the video, plus coordinating exercises, help students understand and apply what they learn to their current lives and future careers.
- NEW! NEW VIDEO FEATURE! This text's unmatched integration of video showing children in different stages of development presents students with opportunities to see exactly what they are learning about. The new "Lessons in Observation" box includes a screen grab, caption, and applied exercises related to a pertinent video clip on the "Observing Children and Adolescents" video CD-ROM and Student Workbook (included with the text). For example, in Chapter 9, after reading about Piaget's Preoperational Stage, students can watch children participate in classic conservation tasks. Corresponding "Learning Objectives," an "Applied Lesson," and critical thinking questions in the box also help reinforce learning. This feature is also available in an interactive format at the Book Companion Website; students can view the video clip and respond to the exercises online.
- The book's chronological organization takes students from the micro world of genetics and neuroscience to the macro world of a child's growth, from infancy through adolescence.
- This text utilizes the PQ4R (Preview, Question, Read, Reflect, Review and Recite) learning schema, which is based upon the work of educational psychologist Francis P. Robinson. The PQ4R method encourages students to become fully engaged with the subject matter, which, in turn, helps them to better learn and retain what they have just studied.
- "Developing in a World of Diversity" boxes explore the links between diversity and the development of children and adolescents. This coverage helps students understand cultural differences in development, behavior, and child-raising techniques, and shows them how addressing those differences enriches the study of child and adolescent development. Examples include "Maternal and Infant Mortality Around the World" (Chapter 4) and "Alleviating Protein-Energy Malnutrition (PEM) Around the World" (Chapter 5).
- A chapter-opening "Preview," presented in outline format, gives students an overview of the key concepts covered in that chapter.
- A brief "ACTIVE REVIEW" section appears after every major section of the chapter. This fill-in-the-blank review tests only the most important points of each section; answers appear at the end of the book. Following each Active Review, students will find a "Reflect and Relate" critical thinking question that builds on the PQ4R pedagogical method used throughout the text.
- "A CLOSER LOOK" boxes examine and apply interesting and useful topics in the study of child and adolescent development. Through these everyday applications, students can apply what they have read and learned to their professional and personal lives. Examples include "Teaching Sign Language to Children" (Chapter 6) and "Bullying--An Epidemic of Misbehavior and Fear" (Chapter 13).
- To help students understand difficult and important terms, this text includes a running margin glossary.
- Mini-indexes show where the text highlights the latest findings and research in three key topic areas: Biology and Development (Evolution, Heredity, Neuroscience, and Endocrinology); Gender and Development; and Culture, Ethnicity, and Development.
- NEW! Developmental PsychologyNow can be packaged with this text at no additional cost to your students. This dynamic, online personalized study system saves time for students and instructors. Through a series of diagnostic pre- and post-tests, and personalized study plans with learning modules, eBook files and other media, students discover those areas of the text where they need to focus their efforts. While students can use Developmental PsychologyNow without any instructor setup or involvement, an Instructor Grade Book is available to monitor student progress.
- NEW! The text's fully integrated and time-saving ancillary package includes: a new Multimedia Manager Instructor's Resource CD-ROM with Microsoft PowerPoint slides, with all of the videos referenced in the text; JoinIn on TurningPoint personal response system content available on PowerPoint slides; an Instructor's Resource Manual with a guide to using the "Observing Children and Adolescents" CD-ROM; a new black-and-white "Observation Worksheets" booklet that students can use while observing children and adolescents in real settings; and more! See the ancillary section for more information.
- NEW! "Truth or Fiction" questions, also found at the beginning of each chapter, encourage students to delve into the chapter content by challenging folklore and common sense. Examples include "Newly fertilized egg cells survive without any nourishment from the mother for more than a week" (Chapter 3) and "Fear of strangers is abnormal among infants" (Chapter 7). In-text "Truth or Fiction Revisited" sections directly address the answers to these questions.
- NEW! New "CONCEPT REVIEWS" summarize key concepts in an easy-to-study visual format. For example, in Chapter 3 the "Highlights of Prenatal Development" Concept Review includes a photograph of each different stage of prenatal development and corresponding description.
- NEW! The end-of-chapter student aids include "Recite--An Active Summary," a NEW list of Key Terms, and NEW "Active Learning Resources." The "Recite--An Active Summary" section, presented in two-column format, lists numbered questions that repeat the questions posed in the text, along with possible answers. The NEW "Active Learning Resources" consist of chapter-specific ties to the "Observing Children and Adolescents" video CD-ROM, as well as information that links students to the Book Companion Website and Developmental PsychologyNow.
- NEW! TEXT AND MEDIA INTEGRATION. Many of the features of the text, including Active Review and Recite--An Active Summary, are available to students online via the student Book Companion Website. The website also features new "Power Visuals" that highlight important selected art from the book (identified with an accompanying icon in the text). Students can use the feature's "drag-and-drop" format to label the art, thereby testing their knowledge.
- NEW! FLEXIBLE PACKAGE. To address the diverse needs of students enrolled in this course, the Second Edition is available in paperback with or in a lower-cost loose-leaf version.
- Father of four, psychologist, and premier author Spencer A. Rathus brings his textbook-crafting expertise to this introduction to child and adolescent development. His hallmark style which uses humor and anecdotes to engage and motivate the reader, his interesting boxed features, and his strong pedagogical plan that optimizes student learning--are found throughout this book.